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our senior correspondent takes a close-up look at the nasty bug that could land you in the hospital. but first, i want to get to this breaking news. major flooding is sweeping through towns north of charlotte, north carolina at this hour. a state of emergency has been declared there in catawba county. i hope i pronounced that one right. we're going to look at this video on youtube of flooding in hickory, north carolina. unbelievable images coming out of north carolina this hour. that's about an hour away from charlotte. this looks like somebody's backyard just completely flooded, completely submerged in water there. jennifer delgado has been tracking the situation for us. incredible images out of north carolina, jennifer. >> that's right, we're looking at flash flooding coming out of counties, catawba as well as hickory county. you look at the video there and you see all the rain that's all the result of flooding there. that is after -- the rain started coming down around 4:00 a.m., and by 8:00 a.m., there
were already reports of streams and creeks already overflowing. we talk about flash flooding all the time and how it's the number one weather-related killer. as we head to our radar, we want to show you some of the storms moving through north carolina. they've really been moving very slowly, almost as if they were training on top of areas of charlotte and hickory and into lincoln county. what we've seen in some of these locations, anywhere between 3 and 5 inches of rainfall. we just got off the phone with the national weather service and here are some of the totals we're seeing now. in hickory, nearly 5 inches of rainfall. for asheville as well, nearly 1.6 inches of rainfall, so these areas are going to be potentially looking at flooding even as we go through the evening hours. and we do have flash flood watches in effect, it looks like, until about midnight to some of these counties. but this gives you an idea of some of the precipitation that came down over the last 12 hours. you can see this bull's eye, this zone here of the heavier rain falls. we said 3 to 5 inches, and when you see all that rain coming
down in such a short period of time, it has nowhere to go but flood those streets. you see some of these streets out there and you're thinking, maybe i can drive through that, but keep in mind, it only takes 6 inches of rainfall for your car to wash away. that's why we have these flood watches in place you can see anywhere in green. and in blue, we also have flood warnings here and that's for flash flooding, and that includes hickory as well as into winston salem and all the way down to south carolina. we have some more video in to us, and this is once again just showing you the result of this heavy rainfall. pamela, it's shocking to think that all this rain that's been coming down can basically turn this into what looks to be a river, but we're actually looking at a roadway that is actually just overflowing. now, for areas like catawba where they've seen 5 inches of rainfall, we've even had reports where some people were saying 8 to 10 inches. we haven't been able to confirm that yet, but this whole area is potentially dangerous through the evening, and that's why the
glask graphic is in place. we're not done with the rain yet. we could still see a half inch of rainfall in north carolina, so this danger is not over yet. the weather service says turn around, don't drown, and that is good advice. >> don't even try it. we want to talk about how officials are handling the situation. mark petit is on the phone with it. he's the director of services there in north carolina. mark, tell us, what's the situation right now? >> for the moment, it has stopped raining at our emergency center, but we are expecting more rain this afternoon. we're hoping the worst of it is behind us. we currently have approximately 52 enclosed, six of which transportation will be closed for a minimum of three months due to the extensive damage that's been done to them. we have a number of sinkholes that have occurred due to the rain and the number of water
rescues that our emergency responders handled this morning. >> tell me about the swift water rescues. we're looking at youtube video in hickory, north carolina of someone's backyard. it looks like a river, just unbelievable to think -- to look at this amount of flooding there. what has the situation been with the rescues, how many people? have people been heeding warnings to stay off the roads? >> it has gotten better as the day has progressed. i don't think anybody anticipated this happening when they got up this morning, so some people were out and about and happened to get caught. we've been very, very fortunate. we have not suffered any serious injuries because of the swift water. we did have two citizens that had to be rescued from a stream because of the swift water, but the information i have is that both of them or neither of them received any serious injuries. >> okay. mark petit, thank you so much.
we want to continue monitoring this situation here. we have someone else on the phone. he is actually deion burleson with lincoln county, and he is going to update us on the situation now. he's a public information officer there. deion, what can you tell us? >> right now, the lincoln county emergency services are steadily still working to sort through the damage that we've had in this disaster area. we've had between 8 and 10 inches of rain here in the western portion of lincoln county over the past 12 hours, and this has certainly devastated this area. there have been multiple water rescues that have taken place out here as well as roads that have washed away, and the bridges have been washed away as well. right now the biggest problem that we're having is trying to keep people away from driving through flooded areas. there have been a couple vehicles that have washed off the roadway and have flipped and gone downstream.
luckily those people were able to be rescued or they self-rescued themselves out of that situation. we have no fatalities or injuries noted right now, but the damage assessment is still ongoing and it is quite substantial. here in lincoln county, we do have one shelter that is opened up for residents that are either cut off from their homes or they have no power or they're heavily impacted by this disaster. >> dangerous situation there, deion. it seems like this would have happened suddenly. you knew the rain was coming, but were you all expecting this kind of flooding to happen there? >> absolutely not. as the local forecast was, a significant chance of storms, but it seems the storm system just came and it became stationary and constant rain just continued training right across this same region. it was just heavy, torrential downpours and it was not predicted to be like this. we understand that situations
like this or difficult to predict. >> right, of course. and we're just fortunate that there aren't any serious injuries and we hope that it stays that way. thank you so much, dion burleson there in lincoln county, north carolina. i want to move to where a bride-to-be is dead. their party barge crashed in new york. they found her body in the hudson river earlier this afternoon and the best man is still missing at this hour. in addition to the groom-to-be, three others were badly injured in the accident. alena cho is following this story in new york. alena, so tragic to think the bride-to-be, her body was found two weeks before her wedding. what else do you know, alena? >> reporter: since we last spoke a few hours ago, pamela, we were able to confirm that searchers did recover the body of one of the two people missing in this boating accident. that body is that of 30-year-old
lindsay stewart, a bride-to-be who was due to be married exactly two weeks from today, her whole life ahead of her. the search is now on and continues for the other missing person who is said to be the best man in the wedding. we should tell you that this is officially a rescue mission, but as the hours passed, even officials admit that it becomes less and less likely that this man will be found alive. meanwhile, here is what we can tell you about what caused all of this, what happened last night. from what we know, a small speedboat carrying six passengers in all left a nearby marina at about 10:00 last night, just minutes after this small boat hit a barge connected to the tappan zee bridge behind me. two people were ejected, four people suffered massive head injuries but survived. among those survivors was the groom, who apparently at the time was knocked unconscious, and when he came to, called 911. here's what officials said
happened next. >> the 911 center received a call about 10:41 last evening from the boat that they had struck an unknown object in the river, and they needed help. they had two people overboard, four people on board with serious injuries. it is difficult to see barges which are low in the water and dark at night, and last night was pretty hard. >> n >> reporter: now, this barge apparently did have lights on it both in the front and in the back, but as you just haireard, was very, very dark last night. i did get just off the phone with a stepfather of lindsay stewart who was obviously in a state of shock, and after a few minutes he said he had to get off the phone to speak to the coroner. >> just a horrific story there, alena cho, and as we mentioned, the best man who was supposed to be in this wedding in two weeks still missing. let us know what happens out there. thank you. san diego's mayor is hoping therapy or behavior therapy, as
he calls it, will be the answer to saving his career following a flood of sexual harassment allegations. bob filner announced yesterday eliaterani not step down from office, opting instead for two weeks of therapy. he is accused of groping, kissing and other forms of inappropriate conduct, and here is how one of his accusers reacted to his decision to get help. >> i think where you can detect whether he's sincere or not is s in his commitment to action, and right now he's committing to only two weeks of therapy to address years of republrehensib blaif behavior, and i think if he was serious about that, he would step aside and take the time needed to address this inappropriate behavior. >> i want to talk to a psychologist who treats this type of addiction and ask her whether the position of mayor
stands in the way of this recovery. a judge has overnight to decide whether to officially charge the engineer in the train wreck in spain. he is accused of reckless homicide. carl pinhall joins us from the crash site with an update for us. hi, carl. >> reporter: hi, pam. i just want to set the scene for you. we're now actually down at the police station about three miles from where the accident actually happened. it's been a poignant scene here for part of the afternoon at least, because relatives of some of the dead and badly injured have been coming here and picking up their suitcases and other parts of their luggage. i think that's one of the things that rarely we think about after an accident of this type, what happened to the luggage? what happened to the belongings of the people that may have died? but the other significance of this building also is this is where the train driver is being held, and this morning the
police announced they were formal allly accusing him of reckless homicide in the case of this accident, but still, it's the judge who will decide whether to press formal charges, and he has until tomorrow evening to decide whether he would also share the interpretation of the evidence and decide to press ahead with those charges, so we have to wait and see what his decision may be. but we have heard from the minister of the interior earlier today that so far the train driver is refusing to cooperate with him. he hasn't spoken to them to give any of the details of what happened in the seconds around the crash time. pam? >> all right. carl penhaul there for us in spain. thank you for an update on that story. nearly 70 years after world war ii, there is a new push to track down any surviving nazis. we're going to have details on what's been called operation last chance. also ahead, new home movies of president richard nixon.
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york seemed to have turned into a referendum of sorts on anthony weiner. the former congressman was the front runner for the democratic nomination, but that was before the new revelations about his sexting habits with other women after he resigned from congress. now he's trailing christine quinn, the head of the new york city council, so weiner brought his wife into the mix, hoping to save his campaign. >> anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from congress and after. but i do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage. we discussed all of this before anthony decided to run for mayor. so really, what i want to say is, i love him, i have forgiven him, i believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward. >> all right. to talk about this, cnn senior
political analyst ron brownstein, editorial director in washington, and also epstein, a friend of mr. weiner's wife. he joins us from miami. thank you both for being here with us. i just want to start with this. there have been calls for weiner to drop out of the race. but my question is, why, ron, did he join the race in the first place and so soon after he was exhibiting this kind of behavior, as he admitted as recently as last summer? >> it is extraordinary. the decision, in light of the new revelations, the decision to come into the race is as reckless as the underlying behavior itself. several centuries ago, shakespeare wrote murder will out. in the 20th century, everything will out. you have to assume every portion of your life is going to be public. and, you know, in this case it really is an instance of bait and switch. there is no question that voters, donors, everyone in the political process would view the
information that he continued this behavior after he left congress as relevant, the family chose not to make it public. i can imagine there are a lot of people who have supported weiner in the early stage of this race who feel that they have been given kind of a bad deal by the family, by the candidate, even by his wife. >> yeah, julian, what do you think about this? as we've heard, weiner has come out before and said there could be more pictures, sex coming out. but he didn't come clean as to when that was happening. he didn't come clean with his donors, either. do you think they should feel duped, julian? >> i think that's exactly the point. i think people are not going to give you a third chance if you are lying to them when you ask them about a second chance. and i think the likelihood of anthony weiner winning this election is virtually nil. his numbers are dropping very, very quickly. if in the very unlikely event he could win the primary and be forced into a runoff, the entire democratic apparatus, the labor unions, all the different vast
appariti would mobilize against him, so i think virtually there is no chance he could be the democratic nominee. in the unlikely event that would happen, i think you would see a lot of crossover votes, democrats voting for republicans. remember, democrats have not won the last six mayoral elections, so i think the likelihood of weiner winning this race is just about nothing. in addition to all the points i think ron made, the kind of all of the bizarre character traits that this shows about him, his many lies on top of lies, his very poor judgment, the very stupid way in which he proceeded on -- in which he behaved, he doesn't have the kind of redeeming qualities that, say, a bill clinton or an eliot spitzer had. i was serving as chief council of the judiciary committee. he was on it. he had very few compliments as a member of congress. he doesn't have, i don't think, very compelling political
skills. and when he was on the hill, he had virtually no friends among the colleagues or the staff. >> let's talk about weiner's wife, houma aberdeen. she's his greatest asset and i think most agree he wouldn't be in this race if it weren't for her. she's a politically savvy woman, and for the most part, well respected, and she could have her own political aspirations. but do you think this could be damaging for her, ron, coming out, speaking at his press conference, supporting him like this? >> i think, you know, there is that risk, and the story is somewhat tilted. the internal dynamics of a marriage no one is going to pass judgment on. you cited the example of bill clint clinton, and we learned that americans are kind of reluctant to get involved in casting the first stone. everybody understands everybody has done something they don't want to read on the front page of their local newspaper. on the other hand, the fact that the indications are that she was aware that this conduct had continued after he left office,
you know, was aware of that before he entered the race, you know, that really changes things, i think. as i said, i think people in new york have a reason to feel duped. there was a somewhat plausible path way for him. he was positioning himself as a candidate of the burroughs. he put together a clintonesqu kind of agenda. even before this, i thought it would be very difficult for him to get to the finish line. i think after this i agree with julian. his odds are pretty close to mathematical zero, and i don't think anybody as sympathetic as the wife is is a wronged person. i don't think she even comes out fully unscathed because of the nature of holding back what is clearly enormously relevant information. >> let me push back on that, because as you said in the introduction, i've been a friend of houma for about a decade. she is extraordinary in so many ways, and i think she is widely, widely loved. people will interpret this, i
think, as an act of extreme loyalty, if you will. anybody that knows when she worked for hillary clinton, she would put in 18, 19-hour days. she was fiercely loyal. she is loved by the clintons. i think she gets a pass. the problem, however, though, is that because of the connection between houma and the clintons, people will start asking hillary clinton, does she support anthony weiner? where does she stand on anthony weiner, particularly if he were to get into the runoff. similarly, in the unlikely event, ron and i both agreed it's mathematically zero the probability of him winning, but in the event he were to get past the runoff or even get elected, then the republican party would seek to make him the poster child of the democratic party. so the democratic party and i think the clintons want absolutely nothing to do with anthony weiner. houma, i think, is the unfortunate victim who is caught in the crossfire, but i think at the end of the day, she still comes out as a beloved figure
because she is an extraordinary woman. >> it's easy for us to sit here and judge, but relationships are deeply complex, and as you said, she's a blood figure. >> yes, she is. >> thank you for your insights. >> thank you for having us. moving on to other news, san die diego's embattled mayor has a lot on the line as he seeks help for sexual harassment. will staying in office risk a relapse?
accusing filner of sexual harassment. this is something that happened in 1979 when filner was a congressman. >> he got up, he came over and sat next to me in the booth, pinning me in. and i don't remember, because it was such a suspension of time and space in my life, this was so unexpected, that -- i don't remember if he directly asked for a kiss or tried to kiss me, but it was very uncomfortable. >> joining me now to discuss this, judi ho. she is a licensed clinical psychologist and she joins me. thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> he's accused of groping, kissing, another forms of harassment. he says he's going to seek therapy. but being in a position of mayor, could that get in the way of healing and getting better? >> absolutely, pamela. we talk a lot, when we talk
about behavioral treatments, of things like sex addictions, and we think about triggers for those behaviors, something that might trigger the person to reoffend and do those behaviors again. as mayor, he has a position of power, he has access to these women. he might be able to get away with certain things. we've certainly seen that in other politicians in history, and i think it puts him at risk of reoffending because that environment makes him so susceptible to reoffending again. >> do you think this kind of behavior is fueled by power? is it more common among people in power or we're just hearing more of it? >> that's a really good question, and i think it's a decision between whether or not we think the problem is really more like an addiction or is the problem more like the person has a personality disorder? when somebody is a narcissist,
we hear that term, and oftentimes it's that position of power and that drive is really what fuels that behavior. it's like, what can they get away with, and they just keep escalating after that, just testing the waters. so i'm not exactly sure which one it is for mayor filner, but i think with the people he's offend offended, i think they probably would say he's a narcissist that is just trying to get away with it. >> we'll have to see what happens with him. judi ho, thank you very much. >> thank you. a new film that is a racially charged case that's drawing comparison to the martin trayvon case. we're going to take a look at the shooting of a young man in a transit station in 2009. we'll be right back.
the george zimmerman trial bears a resemblance to another racially charged incident, the case of oscar grant. he is the subject of a new film releasing this weekend called "fru "fruitvale station." that's a station in san francisco where oscar grant was shot. it may be difficult to watch for some viewers. >> the video is shot from a distance but what happens is unmistakable. multiple cell phone cameras rolled at the fruitvale bart station as transit police handcuffed four young men on new year's day, 2009. the men were already seated, at least one handcuffed. police forced 22-year-old oscar grant to the ground, face down,
handcuffing him. jomannes mezerlie draws what he thought was his taser, but listen -- it was his handgun. the point blank shot by the officer into the unarmed oscar grant killed him. violence and protest erupted in the wake of grant's death and it decries police brutality. the officer was arrested and charged with murder. the city was riveted by the trial and then came the verdict. guilty of a lesser charge, involuntary manslaughter. the nerve touched again. that was 2010. and the officer is now a freeman spending less than a year behind bars. here in oakland, oscar grant's death represents the very worst of gun violence and racism. his case may be over, but the problem is not.
today's oscar grant has a new name: trayvon martin. >> that was kim law reporting there. it has been 68 years since the holocaust and still some nazi camp guards are on the loose? we'll tell you about a new push to catch these surviving war criminals just ahead. you're not made of money, so don't overpay for boat insurance. geico, see how much you could save. just by talking to a helmet. it grabbed the patient's record before we even picked him up. it found out the doctor we needed was at st. anne's. wiggle your toes.
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there is a new push to catch surviving nazi war criminals, and nazi hunters are asking the public to help. cnn's dan rivers has the details from london. >> 68 years on the hunt for the men who presided over one of the darkest chapters in human history is still on. 2,000 of these posters are being put up in hamburg, cologne and berlin, offering large rewards for the information leading to the capture of nazi camp guards. the phrase, late, but never too
late, is featured over a photo to the entrance to auschwitz. the horror perpetrated behind these famous gates is unimaginable. that some of those responsible may still have evaded justice is unbearable for survivors like e renee salt. she has somehow survived, but has never forgotten what she saw. >> they were like skeletons walking, their bones protruding through raggedy remains of skin and their eyes bulged out gro tesk tesquely from their faces. some were naked, and the stench from them is impossible to describe. the water ran out weeks before i got there, the stench and the dirt and the vermin.
>> the center which is running the poster campaign estimates there may still be up to 60 former nazis living in germany. >> we are basically turning to the public in germany and saying please help us bring these people to justice. they don't deserve to live out their lives in piece and tran quitra trankwilty, and we're red tady offer a prize to lead to imprisonment. >> they might be in their 90s now, but if they can catch them, by all means. every one is worth catching. every one of them. i survived only because i was together with my mother. she kept me going, and i kept her going right to the end. unfortunately, she died 12 days after liberation.
>> now she hopes operation last chance will mean she lives to see all the men responsible for the atrocities of nazi germany finally brought to justice. dan rivers, cnn, london. >> powerful to hear her story. we're going to have more on the hunt to bring the last of the nazis to justice tomorrow. rabbi marvin hire from the simon wezenthal center will join us live with the details. we hope you'll join us tomorrow. a former sergeant in vietnam was the only survivor on his platoon. his life since the war has not been easy, but he has faced his challenges with courage and started a program to help veterans and other people with disabilities. dr. sanjay gupta has his story in this week's "human factor." >> it was 1968. platoon sergeant earl merways. >> he heard the machine guns
going off. >> then something odd happened. >> then i heard myself falling face first into a rice pad didyd that's it. two days later i woke up in a si saigon military hospital, and they had put me in a body bag. >> you heard it right. he was put into a body bag because he was found unconscious. a medic discovered him still breathing. he hadn't been hit by the enemy. he passed out from the effects of the disease. he was the only soldier in his platoon to survive. >> if it wasn't for diabetes, i probably wouldn't be here. >> the 45 years since have been a roller coaster ride as well. urban has been legally blind since the '70s. he lost most of his hearing. he needed a kidney transplant. but one thing, sailing, that kept him afloat. >> when i went to vietnam and came back so sick, especially with the eyesight loss, i never thought i would get into sailing again until i met two gentlemen
in wheelchairs, vietnam veterans. >> the three of them together started challenge america, a therapeutic sailing program for people with disabilities, primarily veterans. >> sailing is therapy. there is nothing like being on the water, being with nature. no one is going to jump out of a hole and shoot at me. >> the program now as 27 modified sailboats based in san diego. urban's goal is to help the world see people with disabilities as equals. >> it's nice, you but that's not really what we're doing. we want to be equal with you. give us a chance to prove that we can do it. you may be surprised. >> dr. sanjay gupta cnn, reporting. >> inspiring. well, a new movie on former president nixon airs this thursday on cnn. it takes a fresh look at his term in the white house with hours of never-before-seen home video footage. the co-producer of that movie, brian frye, joins me right after this break. we'll be right back.
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documentary airing next thursday takes a look at a different side of the president. the film includes never-before-seen home movies shot by three of his aides, h.r. haldeman and others, and in one clip he talks about "all in the family" and what he perceives as the show's glorification of home me is homosexuality, take a listen. >> that two magnificent handsome guys, they are glorifying homosexuality. >> was that a panel show? >> no, it's a regular show it's on every week. and usually it's sunday and monday in a guy's home. usually a guy who is a hardhat. >> yes, he's a hardhat. >> looks like a slob. >> and then he has this hippie son-in-law. >> yeah. >> and usually the general trend of it is to downgrade him and
upgrade -- take the hardhat out to the back. >> what's it called? >> archie is the guy's name. >> it's real family entertainment. >> the point that i made [ bleep ] i do not think that you glorify on public television homosexuality. you know what happened to the greeks. homosexuality destroyed them. >> brian frye co-producer "our nixon" join us from lexington, kentucky, he joins us via skype. thank you for talking with us about this. i have to say i watched this last night. it was truly riveting to see these home videos and, you know, you picked up this mammoth project. you went through hundreds of reels to put this movie together. what surprised you most? what did you learn that surprised you most about nixon? >> about nixon? less than about his aides, actually. you know, they had kind of become caricatures over the
years and for good reason, right? people really only knew about them only through the watergate hearings and their conviction of various crimes. so, we really learned about them as not just criminals but as human beings, too, and tried to convey a complex sense of their character. >> but just give me more of an idea of what can we learn in this movie about nixon that we didn't already know before? >> well, i think you learn about his relationship to his staff members and the people around him, you know, everyone knows nixon as a public figure, but i think few people know nixon as a person relating to other people immediately around him. >> all right. we want to actually listen quickly to a sound bite that he talks about his trip to china. let's take a listen. >> sure. >> the thing about the flight to china was -- one of the things was that it was just kind of surreal. the plane is taking off to go to china and we've got a television
set there watching us take off. i mean, everything about that trip was televised. i mean, it was a production from start to finish. >> looks fascinating. all right, brian frye, we look forward to watching this. and you can watch "our nixon" right here on cnn, that's this coming thursday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. thanks for joining us, brian. >> my pleasure, thank you. >> we'll be right back right after this commercial break. my name is mike and i quit smoking. chantix... it's a non-nicotine pill. i didn't want nicotine to give up nicotine. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. [ mike ] when i was taking the chantix, it reduced the urge to smoke. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these, stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic
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now, a quick check of some of the top stories we are following today. a young bride-to-be is dead and her groom is in the hospital after their party boat crashed into a barge in new york's hudson river. rescuers found the young woman's body earlier this afternoon, and the best man is still missing at this hour. in addition to the groom, three others were badly injured in the accident. torrential downpours quickly started flash floods in north carolina today. look at these pictures we have here. states of emergency have been declared in some of the counties but the officials we've talked to say no one has been seriously hurt. and a judge has until tomorrow evening to decide whether to formally charge the driver of the train that crashed in spain wednesday killing at least 78 people. police have accused jose francisco garzon of reckless homicide and have him in custody. all right, well, that does it for me today. thank you so much for spending the afternoon with us here in the "newsroom" this saturday, but don't go anywhere, we have don lemon standing by for us. he's in new york.
hi, don, good to see you. >> hi, pamela, great job. >> say hello to everyone. >> all right. i'm here in new york. i want to talk to you because we're going to take a break from the headlines to talk about something i've had on my mind for quite some time now. so much so that i felt compelled to bring back our segment where we hold politicians, leaders, and pundits accountable for what comes out of their mouths. it's time now, again, for "no talking points." the trayvon martin murder case got just about everybody talking about race, and not just specifically how it related to the case. it got some, many on the political right, wondering why the so-called liberal media wasn't talking about other problems in the black community. >> let's talk about race. let's talk about black-on-black violence. >> the outrage that i have is in the lack of really the national attention to what is an epidemic of crime in the black community
committed largely by blacks. >> why aren't we talking about it? good question. actually, that's not a good question. we talked about it many times on this show and on cnn. it's actually a good deflection as i've said a number of times to a number of guests here on cnn and also on the radio. david, do not that false equivalent. that is not -- >> i'm not trying to equivocate -- >> but, listen, crime happens all the time and because a crime happens, it does not mean that you should shift the focus from what happened here. let's stick to this particular point so continue and let's talk about this case. >> thank you. >> on this case -- >> so, that's the reason i didn't want to discuss at length crime in the african-american community or how to fix other ills that seem to be plaguing the community in general. but now that the jury has reached its verdict one that everyone must accept, it's time now for some tough love on the subject. someone on another network got the chance to go first because i
couldn't go during the week. i'm only here on the weekend, so listen to this -- >> the reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the african-american family. >> he's got a point. in fact, he's got more than a point. bill? >> raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. nobody forces them to do that, again, it is a personal decision. >> he is right about that, too. but in my estimation, he doesn't go far enough. because black people, if you really want to fix the problem, here's just five things that you should think about doing. here's number five, and if this doesn't apply to you, if you're not doing this, then it doesn't apply to you, i'm not talking to
you. here's number five. pull up your pants. some people a lot of them black gave me flak for saying that recently on "the wendy williams show." if you're sagging, i mean your self-esteem is sagging and who you are as a person it's sagging. young people need to be taught respect and there are rules. sagging pants, whether it's justin bieber or no-name derek around the way, walking around with your ass and your underwear showing is not okay. in fact, it comes from prison when they take away belts from the prisoners so that they can't make a weapon. and then it evolved into which role a prisoner would have during male-on-male prison sex. the one with the really low pants is the submissive one. you get my point? number four now is the n-word. >> for our generation what we did was we took the word and we took the power out of that word. >> we took this word, and we
made it into poetry. >> i understand poetic license, but consider this, i hosted a special on the n-word, suggesting that black people stop using it and that entertainers stop deluding yourselves or themselves and others that you're somehow taking the word back. by promoting the use of that word when it's not germane to the conversation, have you ever considered that you may be just perpetuating the stereotype the master intended acting like a nigger? a lot of african-americans took offense to that, too. i wonder if i gave the right advice, i really did. but confirmation came the very next day on my way home when i exited the subway a little kid in a school uniform no older than 7 years old he was crying his eyes out as he walked down the sidewalk with his mother. i'm going to be honest here, she turned to me, i'm sick of you and you act like an old ass man, stop all that crying, nigger. is that taking the word back?
think about that. now number three. respect where you live. start small by not dropping trash, littering in your own communities. i've lived in several predominantly white neighborhoods in my life, i rarely, if ever, witnessed people littering. i live in harlem now, it's an historically black neighborhood, every single day i see adults and children dropping their trash on the ground when a garbage can is just feet away. just being honest here. number two, finish school. you want to break the cycle of poverty? stop telling kids they're acting white because they go to school or they speak proper english. a high school dropout makes on average 19,0$19,000 a year, a h school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year. over the course of a career a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate. that's a lot of money. and number one, and probably the most important, just because you can have a baby, it doesn't mean
you should. especially without planning for one or getting married first. more than 72% of children in the african-american community are born out of wedlock. that means absent fathers. and the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues. so, please, black folks, as i said if this doesn't apply to you, i'm not talking to you. pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace. a culture that glorifies everything i just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior, a culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you. and it's not going to. that said, though, the political right is not off the hook. >> if conservatives are so concerned about black-on-black crime it's a little concerning
the only time i hear them talking about it is when they want to stick it to the black community. >> and that's today's "no talking points." ♪ you can love what i said or you can hate it. matters not to me. but it sets the tone for the rest of this show. so, let's go there, my panel is here after the break. $ymp 0&0xjp#çr5
and kills bacteria for fresh breath. ♪ fixodent, and forget it. all right. welcome back @donlemoncnn, i'm getting a lot of people that agree with me and some that don't. it doesn't matter to me, it needed to be said. chicago congresswoman is here with us along with the rest of my panel. thank you for joining us. i appreciate you coming in here on a saturday. >> thanks for having us. >> thank you. i'll start with you, congresswoman, did you take issue -- >> okay. >> -- anything i said or do you think those are tough words that people need to hear? >> i mean, i think it's depending -- there's some people that fit what you're saying but also we tend to -- i told you i felt like it was a little harsh because we tend to talk about black-on-black crime but if you look at the percentages, there's white-on-white crime.
if you look at the mass murders, those are mostly whites. white males that have killed in a massive way. >> but african-american, young african-american men, commit more crime than any other age group, any other ethnicity combined, so why would -- why is that even an issue? why are you concerned about white-on-white crime when the problem appears to be in the african-american community among young black men, congresswoman? >> well, i'm concerned about all crime. not just one crime or another crime, i'm concerned about all crime. and i think there's been a lot of conversation. we had our summit yesterday about justice isn't really blind and how young black men are treated as compared to other races also. and the opportunities that they have. >> michael skulnik, i talked in that segment about the so-called thug culture that the hip-hop
and rap community promotes, and you are a -- you are a proponent for hip-hop and rap. you don't believe that we should stop saying the n-word. >> don, i think your comments sounded like a conservative preacher on a sunday and certainly bill o'reilly should welcome you on his show. i'm disappointed in you -- >> yeah, but -- go ahead, i'll let you finish. >> here's the thing. you are talking about sagging pants. i've heard the rap for years. let's not talk about sagging pants and why we incarcerate 2.2 million people in this community and we waged a war against black and brown people, the war on drugs and it failed miserably and we are reaping the repercussions. >> but michael -- michael -- >> yes. >>-- not every black kid is in jail and there are rules and people should know where that style comes from whether it's a black kid or a white kid whether it's justin bieber or any -- that is glorifying prison culture. who wants to see someone's butt
crack? >> no. the community has been destroyed. black men went to jail as diseased drug addicts and they came out as criminals because they taught them criminal behavior in jail. >> why do you have to glorfy it? >> it's not glorifying it, it's a reflection of our society. it incarcerates more than anyone else in the world. it's a reflection of the mirror. don't break the mirror. look at yourself. >> larry, alder, help me out here, isn't that what i'm trying to do here, hey, listen, i love you, but these are things you need to work on. i'm just being honest here. do i like having to say these things? but it's the truth. the facts don't lie. >> don, your list of five doesn't go nearly far enough. bill o'reilly doesn't go nearly far enough. people like walter williams and tom sulphur for 50 years have been telling you it's about bad public and fiscal policy, between 1890 and 1940 if you look at the census record, a black kid was more likely to be born in a nuclear family and
what happened lyndon johnson launched the war on poverty and the number of children born outside of wedlock went from 25% to 75%. in the 1995 "the l.a. times" did a poll and asked poor people and nonpoor the following question, do you believe young poor women sometimes or often get on welfare to have additional children? the nonpoor people said no, but 64% of poor people said yes. we've been giving people incentives to marry the government and allow men to abandon their financial. under the dastardly ronald reagan who lowered the marginal rate from 70% to 28% the percentage of blacks, of unemployed blacks fell faster than unemployed black and white teenage unemployment fell faster than white teenage unemployment. my dad was a janitor and he worked two full-time jobs as a janitor, he said i never got a job from a poor person >> larry, you'll have a hard time convincing people that
ronald reagan is the person to help african-american people, that's a tough sell in itself and i see michael in the middle fuming there. he wants to get in. michael, you and the congresswoman will be able to respond right after this. at university of phoenix we know the value of your education is where it can take you. (now arriving: city hospital) which is why we're proud to help connect our students with leading employers across the nation. (next stop: financial center) let's get to work.
i want to get back to my panel real quick because i know michael skolnik who is the editor in chief of globalgrind.com takes an issue with what we just said. quickly, michael, because i want to run a story that i want everyone to see. what's your problem? >> i don't have a problem. this is being taken out of context. the larry talking about the war on poverty and the children out of wedlock because of the war on drugs that richard 96then started in 1973, that started the descent of the black community. >> that may be true, but what about the people that are using drugs, they shouldn't go to jail because of using and selling
drugs? >> no, they should go to rehab, the war on drug has failed and cost us trillions of dollars. we do not have any success. >> don, can i respond quickly? >> we need to look at the lack of opportunity. we also need to look at the lack of opportunity that young black men have. it seems like your opportunity is determined by your zip code, schools, jobs, et cetera. >> don -- >> larry, i'll let you respond after this. i promise i will. but, listen, that brings us to this, because a lot of people have said that the problems in minority communities that no one is talking about it, and no one seems to be offering up solutions until this week. on wednesday tracy martin the father of trayvon martin met with lawmakers on capitol hill, it was the first meeting of the newly informed congressional caucus on black men and boys and in chicago they hosted an urban summit on violence and in new york i take a look, i went to take a look, at a brand-new multimillion program aimed at getting young black and latino men off the streets. here it is -- >> i will try to change, but it
was, like, i will try and go back into doing negative. >> reporter: 25-year-old tyree hicks has spent nearly half his life in and out of jail starting at 13. >> my mother passed away and i guess you could say i shut down. hanging in the streets. doing things i wasn't supposed to. joining gangs, things like that. >> reporter: because you had no supervision after your mom died. >> no male model really, it wasn't a strong male model i guess could say was around. >> reporter: with no father and no mother, the streets took him. and then what happened? >> after that you get into the street life. that's drugs. you know, doing things in your community you shouldn't be doing. >> reporter: it wasn't long before he found himself behind bars. so, you are out of you said at least five times. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: but every time did you say it's not going to happen? >> i'm saying to myself, this is the last time, man. it wasn't.
but i'm pretty sure this last one was because i actually went through this with my child being born. you know, you can't touch them, be around them, that's a wake-up call. i was telling him, daddy's away at college. then one day i felt to myself it was a lie but i wasn't trying to tell him daddy's in a bad place. >> reporter: tyree decided to do something his own father never did, be a positive role model to his son, but he needed a role model of his own. how long have you been his mentor? >> i've been tyree's mentor seven, eight months. a lot of these young men don't have a full-time male role model in their life so having somebody that they can relate to and can relate to their experiences, to actually come to them and tell them there's a better way. >> reporter: how does that happen? like, how do you have all these people? because he said for him it was dad's goi ining weren't around.
>> personally i think that's just a product of the whole crack generation and these kids that's coming up, the fathers are gone, dad in jail or just not in their lives no more, so there was a need. >> reporter: the mentoring program is part of the young men's initiative in new york city, a $127 million effort to get minority youth off the streets. linda gibbs is the program's director. >> when you look at these data, the black and latino boys lag behind their white peers, they lag behind the girls on so many fronts. >> reporter: what is behind that? >> let's be frank, we live in a society that continues to experience the effects of racism and disadvantages that applied to black and latino men in particular disproportionately, and if we want to make a difference, we've got to face that, we've got to really call it, take it out straight-on, honestly and truthfully, and be very explicit about it and say
this is exactly what we're trying to overcome. >> reporter: she says the program is working. >> we've seen tremendous improvement in the justice system in particular. huge drops in the number of young people who are now in the juvenile justice system, huge drops of the number of young men in the adult justice system, so the really, really encouraging thing is that you can make a difference. >> reporter: it's made a difference for tyree. he believes he's finally broken the cycle. do you think that this program has helped you and is going to help you? you going to stay with it? >> of course. of course. i graduated from the program and i still go. >> reporter: and he no longer has to lie to his son, a step towards becoming the role model he never had. so, daddy's out now, daddy's out of college and it's fine? >> yeah. >> reporter: does daddy plan on going to real college? >> yes, i do. yes, i do. i want to take up social work and then business. >> reporter: good luck. >> so, yeah. >> yeah, good luck to him and,
you know, i have to be quite honest, the odds are against him, but good luck to him and all the other young men who are involved in that program and others around the country. let's bring back our panel now, i want to get to larry elder, you were champing at the bit, what your comments? >> he sure is trying to do something and, you're absolutely right to highlight that, that's what george herbert walker bush called the 1,000 points of light. you have to deal with the public policy that caused the problem in the first place and if it's just poverty and racism that caused it why, then, during jim crow and the great depression you didn't not find this criminality? because black families were more cohesive under slavery, most lived under roofs where the biological father and mother were -- >> are you saying that -- it sounds like you're saying, larry, that slavery is good, come on, let's not go there, please. >> what i said was even under slavery a biological mother and father under one roof had most of their children. we don't even have that right now. 75% of black kids are born
outside of wedlock, 85% at some point, don, will be in a home without a father. what's going on? >> yeah. >> unless you're prepare to say blacks are genetically inclined to have kids outside of wedlock, what has happened in our culture in the last 50 years? >> we know that there are mitigating circumstances, racism certainly plays a role, and the congresswoman, go ahead. >> no, i definitely think that racism plays a role, and as i mentioned before, it seems like your zip code in a lot of cases determines your opportunity. so many of our kids don't have jobs. the school system where they or they're located aren't the best. the justice system isn't always as blind as it says it should be, so i do think racism and prejudice definitely comes into play. in the black and brown communities. plus yesterday in the summit, that's what kids were saying, you don't want us on the block, but we have nothing else to do. we need to have community centers. we need to have mentoring. we do need to have a village of men in these young boys' lives.
>> i only have a short time left here and michael skolnik, and michael, you are fuming with me. i know i'm going to get a phone call after this show. go ahead. >> i love you, don. i want to commend the congresswoman that there's been some talk about trayvon martin that there's not enough talk about it, and brand-new in the job hit the job running and i was in chicago at the town hall summit that they put together -- >> what's the fix, michael? you're a white guy -- i had you on the n-word special, why didn't you have any white people on the n-word special, michael skolnik, hello! what's the solution, michael? >> i think there's a lot of problems to the violence problem, one big solution there's a piece of legislation called the youth promise act the republicans will not support that talks about prevention and intervention and gang prevention and after-school programs and ideas coming from communities like the south side of chicago to fix the south side of chicago and -- >> michael, i've got to run, because we're out of time, but i have to say, and some tough love, because you have to,
you've got to clean up your own house first. no one's going to come into your house and clean it up. >> everybody nibbled around the problem. nobody got to the problem. >> we've got to run. thanks to all my guests. we really appreciate you coming on. i'll be back at the top of the hour with all the day's news, including the tragic prewedding boat accident that claimed the life of a bride-to-be. "sanjay gupta" starts right now. you know throughout history,
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